Laser Hair Removal for Dark Skin

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Laser hair removal uses pulses of laser light to destroy the hair follicle. This is possible due the wavelength of light being absorbed by the dark pigments of the hair follicle. The best hair for this treatment is the thicker darker kind.

Skin also has pigment in it so this procedure may not be optimal for darker skinned individuals as the targeting of the pigments in the hair may not be as specific, and can even burn the skin. There does exist a type of laser hair removal specifically created for darker skin pigments that can zap the hair while keeping the skin cool. Consult with your beautician about this if you have darker skin.

Laser Hair Removal for Foliculitis

People with a tendency to get folliculitis or ingrown hairs, can utilize laser hair removal as a viable treatment.

How Many Laser Sessions Do I Need?

The average person goes through 5 to 8 sessions to remove hair from an area of skin. This is necessary because hair exists in several growth stages, one of which is the stage that laser treatment can be used. In essence, the hairs that can be removed get zapped and then as the finer hairs mature, they can be treated as well. Treatments can occur every 1 to 2 months depending on how fast your hair grows.

Preparation for Laser Hair Removal

Here is a general preparation guide to what you may have to do if you are going in for a treatment:

  • Avoid tanning a month before you plan to have the procedure done
  • Do not pluck or wax hair 2-4 weeks before treatment
  • Shave the area as instructed
  • Keep your skin free of creams, lotions or other cosmetics before treatment
  • Where to Undergo Laser Hair Removal?

    Laser hair removal is available in dermatologists’ offices as well as beauty salons and aesthetic clinics. In the US, there is no formal requirement for performing laser hair removal. Certifications and word of mouth can be a guide to helping you find the right place to complete your procedure. People with darker skin tones should be particularly careful to select a place where the right instrument and procedure is available for their skin tone.